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Foundation: 1880

Mission: Empa is the interdisciplinary research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society. Within national and international networks we develop science-based solutions for pressing challenges of society and industry in the areas of energy, mobility, building technologies, personal health and the environment as well as advanced materials and surfaces. Together with our partners we turn research results into innovations, thus boosting the innovative capacity and the international competitiveness of the Swiss economy. Furthermore, Empa works out the scientific basis for the sustainable development of our society and for political decisions. We actively engage in public debate about novel technologies and their wider societal implications – all this to one end: to shape our future economically successful and environmentally sustainable at the same time.

Vision: Materials and Technologies for a Sustainable Future



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Societal percentile

Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Government sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldWestern EuropeOECDSwitzerland
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 460th241st399th12th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 531st260th458th17th
Chemistry 252nd68th190th5th
Computer Science 545th289th444th20th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 394th231st326th12th
Energy 264th83rd172nd3rd
Engineering 254th75th169th5th
Environmental Science 384th203rd298th12th
Mathematics 436th223rd340th13th
Medicine 574th292nd524th19th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 475th208th388th18th
Physics and Astronomy 191st62nd140th5th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatión allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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